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Titirangi Rd, Croydon Rd and Parker Ave - intersection improvements

Consultation status: closed 25 November 2016

We are proposing some changes to the intersection of Titirangi Road, Croydon Road and Parker Avenue in New Lynn to improve safety in the area.

Changes include:

  • Relocating the pedestrian crossing from 143 Titirangi Road to 145 Titirangi.
  • Relocate the "Keep Clear" limit line to improve visibility for drivers turning right from Titirangi Road into Parker Avenue.
  • Installing No Stopping at All Times restrictions (broken yellow lines) to increase visibility and accessibilty


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Why changes are required

Drivers turning from Titirangi Road into Croydon Road must give way, but the nearby traffic signals at the pedestrian crossing cause confusion to drivers who think that the green light is for them. This issue has caused a high number of accidents over the past five years.

The proposed changes will improve overall safety at the intersection and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

The broken yellow lines outside 143 Titirangi Road will improve visibility between drivers and pedestrians. A parking space will be added outside 147 Titirangi Road to minimise the loss of on-street parking. 

The broken yellow lines next to the bus stop at 151 Titirangi Road will allow space for drivers to enter and exit this bus stop safely and more efficiently. 

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with the following changes to the next stage of detailed planning:

  • We will remove the parking space outside 147 Titirangi Road from the proposal to maintain unobstructed visibility at all times.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • There were questions about what the relocation of the mid-block signals would achieve. Drivers turning left from Titirangi Road on to Croydon Road are currently experiencing a confusion due to the green signal of the pedestrian crossing nearby. When drivers see a green signal, they believe they have the right of way and carry on. Accidents happen when these vehicles are hit by traffic travelling west on Titirangi Road. We are basing this on observations made at similar intersections across Auckland where the mid-block signals were set further back from the side street and therefore didn't have such a crash pattern. Relocating the traffic signals will address the safety issue and reduce the number of accidents at the Titirangi Road and Croydon Road intersection. We plan to relocate the signals by approximately 30 metres to the west on Titirangi Road, which is an acceptable distance for pedestrians to walk.
  • We received suggestions to remove the pedestrian crossing altogether to fix the problem. The signalised crossing was installed as part of the Safety Around School Programme for Fruitvale Primary School in 2006-2007 and so it must be retained. The crossing provides a safer place to cross the road for school children and members of the wider community.
  • We were asked whether we had considered signalising the intersection or installing a roundabout. We did consider these options however the investigation showed that signalisation would result in congestion and delays along Titirangi Road and Croydon Road during the morning and evening peak times. Traffic signals or a roundabout may also require land acquisition and the relocation of high voltage power lines along the west side of Titirangi Road. Taking all of this into consideration, it would be difficult to justify this significant level of spending when the same benefits could be achieved for a lower cost.
  • We have received some concerns about the proposed parking space outside 147 Titirangi Road and we are therefore removing the parking space from the proposal to maintain unobstructed visibility at all times.
  • The accessibility issue in and out of the driveways at 145 and 147 Titirangi Road was also raised. We carried out a tracking movement study to ensure that all vehicles including trucks, cars and trailers will be able to access the two properties. The proposal does not involve any changes to the flush median.
  • There were some concerns about potential issues with traffic movement from Titirangi Road into Parker Road. The proposed relocation of the limit line will enhance visibility and help reduce the number of crashes at this intersection.
  • There were also some questions about addressing the speeding issues at this location. The speed data we have for Titirangi Road shows that most people are travelling in the range of 54 km/hr, which is an acceptable speed for arterial roads. However if you notice common trends of speeding vehicles such as the time of day or an individual vehicle, we suggest that you contact the NZ police who may choose to carry out targeted enforcement in the area.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.